from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. An acute viral infection characterized by inflammation of the sensory ganglia of certain spinal or cranial nerves and the eruption of vesicles along the affected nerve path. It usually strikes only one side of the body and is often accompanied by severe neuralgia. Also called herpes zoster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. herpes zoster.
- n. Plural form of shingle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v.
- n. A kind of herpes (Herpes zoster) which spreads half way around the body like a girdle, and is usually attended with violent neuralgic pain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cutaneous disease, herpes zoster. See herpes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. eruptions along a nerve path often accompanied by severe neuralgia
Middle English, alteration (influenced by Old French cengles, pl. of cengle, shingles, and by Old French sengle, single, chingle, belt) of Medieval Latin cingulus (translation of Greek zōstēr, girdle, shingles, from the fact that the inflammation often extends around the middle of the body), variant of Latin cingulum, girdle, from cingere, to gird.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cingulus, variant of cingulum ("girdle"), translating Ancient Greek ζώνη, ζωστήρ. (Wiktionary)